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USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 23 November 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1520), at East Coast Shipyard Inc., Bayonne, N.J
  • Launched, 25 March 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy 18 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23), 19 May 1944, LTjg. Lester F. Baker, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23 was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Ammonusuc was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 2 October 1945
    11 December 1945 to 5 January 1946

  • Decommissioned, 4 June 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 March 1948 for disposal
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in February 1948, and refitted for merchant service, renamed MT Providence
    Sold in June 1969 to the Texas Corp., renamed MT Texaco Providence
    Sold in August 1967, to Reinauer Transportation Companies of Staten Island, N.Y, renamed MT Dean Reinauer
    Burned in 1969, declared a total loss
    Converted to a barge in 1970 by Caddell's Dry Dock, Staten Island, N.Y. renamed BFT No. 1, assigned to Boston Fuel Transportation, a Reinauer Transportation subsidiary
    Later converted by at Norfolk, VA., to carry ship sludge, renamed Mary C.
  • Final Disposition, Acquired by Ecklof Marine Corp. Staten Island, N.Y., and stripped for spare parts before scuttling by explosives, 30 October 1990, on New Jersey's Garden State Reef
    Displacement 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls
    Fairbanks-Morse diesel engines direct drive
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Ammonusuc 120k USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) although delivered by her builder and commissioned in May 1944, she did not complete fitting out at the New York Navy Yard and report for shakedown until August 1944. This was one of only a few early ships of this class that had an intermediate armament in which one 40mm single on a tall stand forward was added to the original 1-3" aft and 4-20mm amidships.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-68216, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Ammonusuc 283k USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Ammonusuc 176k Overhead view of USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) underway, date and location unknown.
    US National Archives photo from Auke Visser's Famous T - Tanker web site
    Robert Hurst
    Ammonusuc 137k Overhead view of USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Ammonusuc 243k USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) soon after her return to San Francisco in March, 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78152.
    Mike Green and Stan Svec
    Ammonusuc 129k Decommissioned USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23) drydocked at Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur TX. circa 1947.
    Photo from the files of from the files of Gulfport Boiler and Iron Works, Port Arthur, TX.
    Jim Swank

    USS Ammonusuc (AOG-23)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Ammonusuc AOG-23
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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